THE GOVERNMENT LAWYER
(LAWW-4031) - 1 UNIT
This course provides real world examples of the unique challenges faced by local, state and federal lawyers practicing in today's governmental offices. Students will be introduced to the history, structure and constitutional and statutory provisions of four representative offices: The Attorney General of the United States, the Attorney General of California, the District Attorney and County Counsel of Los Angeles. Students will explore the ethical rules and responsibilities of the governmental lawyer primarily in the role of civil advocate, but will also explore the issues raised by the lawyer acting as policy maker, and the ethical issues of prosecutorial discretion. Students will review The Model Rules of Professional Conduct of the American Bar Association and state and federal standards directly relevant to government lawyers representing their organizations, and to navigating conflicts of interest inherent in representing simultaneously public entities and the public interest.